Today I am reviewing on its publication day The Trivia Night by Ali Lowe, published by Hachette Australia.
Question: How long does it take to tear someone’s life apart?
Answer: Sometimes just one night.
From the outside the parents of the kindergarten class at Darley Heights primary school seem to have it all. Living in the wealthy Sydney suburbs, it’s a community where everyone knows each other – and secrets don’t stay secret for long.
The big date in the calendar is the school’s annual fundraising trivia night, but when the evening gets raucously out of hand, talk turns to partner-swapping. Initially scandalised, it’s not long before a group of parents make a reckless one-night-only pact.
But in the harsh light of day, those involved must face the fallout of their behaviour. As they begin to navigate the shady aftermath of their wild night, the truth threatens to rip their perfect lives apart – and revenge turns fatal.
THE TRIVIA NIGHT is a gripping, domestic page-turner full of shocking reveals, perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty and Sally Hepworth.
For a debut novel, Ali Lowe smashes this right out of the park! A deliciously wicked and scandalous read, this one had me addicted right from the outset and I powered through it in one sitting. My poor Kindle could barely keep up with the speed I was flicking the pages at!
A primary school trivia night unlike any other for this group of parents sets things in motion where the alcohol is flowing and inhibitions are released. It is definitely a night that will change their lives and force them to take stock of their relationships and themselves in the aftermath.
Told from multiple points of view gives the reader great insight into the characters lives and they are a good mix of likeable and unlikable which keeps things interesting. The writing is engaging and the story is vividy brought to life as I watched it all unfold from the sidelines with my glass of rosé and tub of popcorn!
Ali Lowe is an exciting new voice in this genre and even though we have to wait until next year for her next book, it will be one that I will most be looking forward to reading.
Thank you to Ali Lowe, Hachette Australia and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Trivia Night, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know Ali Lowe
Ali Lowe has been a journalist for 20 years. She has written for bridal magazines, parenting titles, websites and newspapers in London and then Australia, after she moved to Sydney fourteen years ago on a trip that was meant to last a year.
She was Features Editor at OK! in London, where she memorably stalked celebrities in Elton John’s garden at his annual White Tie and Tiara ball.
Ali lives on the northern beaches of Sydney with her husband and three young children.